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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; WTS sale 2010 edition (Jan. 7 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0141049782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141049786
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The final words of Helen Dunmore's The Siege--"No, I shall not wholly die..."(Alexander Pushkin)--respond to the stark threat with which the novel begins: "Re: The future of Leningrad ... The Führer has decided to have Leningrad wiped from the face of the earth". In this powerful work of fiction, Dunmore writes through her fascination with one of the most remarkable, and painful, episodes in Russian history: the siege of Leningrad through the winter of 1941 during which untold thousands perished of cold and starvation.

The Siege is a type of memorial, a literary document to an experience in which, as Dunmore writes, "being dead is normal". People die in the streets, in their beds; whole families are frozen, "bodies piled up by the Karpovka canal, or outside the cemeteries". What does it take to survive? Dunmore explores that question through the powerful characters--Anna Levin, Kolya (her child-brother) and Andrei (her lover)--who people this novel, conjuring the contest with death that becomes the daily existence of the Leningraders, their belief in a world beyond the siege. The Siege is itself part of that world, stricken by memory and the question of what it means for a novel (and a novelist) to take on the "flesh of all those other Leningraders who died of hunger in silent, frigid rooms". This is part of the wager, and accomplishment, of Dunmore's extraordinary book and confirmation of the extraordinary skill and sensitivity, of her writing. --Vicky Lebeau --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'[She is] one of this country's most accomplished literary talents' Daily Telegraph 'Beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller - to make you wonder what will happen next... electrifying' Sunday Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By may777 on Feb. 25 2011
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the Siege was an awesome story of survival...

just when you think you can`t go on another day..another hour...

another second...you wake up...filled with intense hunger & cold..

it is in facing our own death... that we find what`s worth living for...
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Written from the viewpoint of those living in Leningrad when they were besieged by the Germans. Very interesting read for those who enjoy historical war stories. This is historical fiction and very well written.
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